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Acer Aspire 1400 series


User’s guide
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Copyright © 2002
All Rights Reserved

Acer Aspire 1400 series Notebook computer User’s guide


Original Issue: March 2002

Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of
such revision or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary
documents and publications. This company makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied,
with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness
for a particular purpose.
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Contents
First things first vii
Your guides vii
Basic care and tips for using your computer viii

Getting familiar with your computer 1


A tour of your computer 3
Front view 3
Left view 5
Right view 6
Rear view 7
Bottom view 8
Features 9
Display 11
Indicators 12
Keyboard 14
Special keys 14
Keyboard ergonomics 18
Touchpad 19
Touchpad basics 19
Launch keys 21
Storage 22
Inserting and ejecting a diskette 22
Ejecting the optical drive tray 23
Connectivity options 24
Ethernet and LAN 24
Fax/data modem 24
Audio 26
Adjusting the volume 26
Using the Audio DJ feature 27
Securing your computer 29
Security notch 29
Passwords 29

Operating on battery power 31


Battery pack 33
Battery pack characteristics 33
Installing and removing the battery pack 34
Charging the battery 35
Checking the battery level 36
Optimizing battery life 36
Battery-low warning 37
Power management 38
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Peripherals and options 39


External display devices 41
External monitor 41
External display with s-video input 42
Using simultaneous display 42
External input devices 43
External keyboard 43
External keypad 43
External pointing device 43
Printer 44
Audio devices 45
Expansion devices 46
PC Card slots 46
USB 47
Miscellaneous options 48
Battery pack 48
AC adapter 48
Key component upgrades 49
Memory upgrade 49
Hard disk upgrade 50

Moving with your computer 51


Disconnecting from the desktop 53
Moving around 54
Preparing the computer 54
What to bring to short meetings 54
What to bring to long meetings 54
Taking the computer home 55
Preparing the computer 55
What to bring with you 55
Special considerations 55
Setting up a home office 56
Traveling with the computer 57
Preparing the computer 57
What to bring with you 57
Special considerations 57
Traveling internationally with the computer 58
Preparing the computer 58
What to bring with you 58
Special considerations 58

Software 59
System software 61
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Easy Button 62
BIOS Setup Utility 63
Main 64
Advanced 65
Security 66
Others 69
Boot 70
Exit 71

Troubleshooting 73
Frequently-asked questions 75
Error messages 79

Appendix A Specifications 83

Appendix B Notices 89

Index 97
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First things first


We would like to thank you for making the Aspire series of notebook computers your
choice for your mobile computing needs. We hope you will be happy with your Aspire
as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

Your guides
To help you use your Aspire, we have designed a set of guides:

First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting
up your computer.

This User’s guide introduces you to the many ways your computer can
help you be more productive. This guide provides clear and concise
information about the computer, so read it thoroughly.

Lastly, there may be a Read me first sheet included with your package
which contains important reminders and updates. So, please read
through it.

For more information about our products, services, and support information, please
visit our web site (global.acer.com).
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Basic care and tips for using your computer

Turning your computer on and off


To turn on the computer, open the display cover, and press the power switch above the
keyboard.

To turn the power off, do any of the following:


• Use the Windows shutdown command
Click on Start, and select the Windows Turn Off command.
• Use the power switch
If you set the power switch to “Shut down” in the Power Options control panel,
you can use this button to turn off the computer. See Windows Help and
Support for details.

Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold the power
switch for more than four seconds to shut down the computer. If you turn off
the computer and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before
powering up.

Taking care of your computer


Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
• Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near sources of
heat, such as a radiator.
• Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0°C (32°F) or above 50°C
(122°F).
• Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
• Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
• Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.
• Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration.
• Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt.
• Never place objects on top of the computer to avoid damaging the computer.
• Do not slam the computer display when you close it.
• Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
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Taking care of your AC adapter


Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:
• Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
• Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully
route the power cord and any cables away from personal traffic.
• When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the
plug.
• The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the
ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also, the total
current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not
exceed the fuse rating.

Taking care of your battery pack


Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack:
• Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the power off before
removing or replacing batteries.
• Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.
• Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if at all possible.

Cleaning and servicing


When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
1 Power off the computer and remove the battery pack.
2 Disconnect the AC adapter.
3 Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.

If any of the following occurs:


• The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged.
• Liquid has been spilled into the product.
• The computer does not operate normally.

Please refer to "Troubleshooting my computer" on page 73.


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Getting familiar with


your computer
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This computer combines high-performance, versatility,


power management features and multimedia capabilities
with a unique style and ergonomic design. Work with
unmatched productivity and reliability with your new power
computing partner.
This chapter gives an in-depth "tour" of the computer’s many
features.
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A tour of your computer


After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us
show you around your new notebook computer.

Front view
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# Item Description

1 Display screen Also called LCD (liquid-crystal display), displays computer


output.

2 Power button Turns on the computer power.

3 Launch keys Buttons for launching frequently-used programs. See


“Launch keys” on page 21 for more details.

4 Keyboard Inputs data into your computer.

5 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a


computer mouse.

6 Click buttons (left The left and right buttons function like the left and right
and right) mouse buttons.

7 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the
computer.

8 Lock indicators LEDs (light emitting diodes) that show the status of the lock
keys.

9 Speakers Outputs sound.

10 Status indicators LEDs (light emitting diodes) that show the status of the
computer and its functions and components.

11 Audio DJ controls Button and indicators for the Audio DJ function. For more
and indicators information, see “Using the Audio DJ feature” on page 27.
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Left view

# Item Description

1 Speaker/headphone-out jack Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g.,


speakers, headphones).

2 Microphone-in jack Connects an external microphone.

3 Volume control slider Adjusts the volume level.

4 Security keylock Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer


security lock.

5 PC Card eject buttons Eject the selected PC Card from its slot.

6 PC Card slots Accepts one Type III or two Type II/I PC Card(s).
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Right view

# Item Description

1 Floppy drive Accepts a 3.5-inch diskette.

2 Floppy drive eject button Press to eject the diskette from the floppy drive.

3 Wireless networking button Enables or disables the wireless networking feature.

4 Optical drive Depending on your model:


• CD-ROM drive reads CDs
• DVD-ROM drive reads CDs and DVDs
• DVD/CD-RW combo drive reads CDs and
DVDs, and writes to CD-Rs and CD-RWs.

5 Optical drive eject button Ejects the disc from the optical drive.

6 Optical drive emergency Ejects the disc from the optical drive when the
eject hole computer is turned off. See “How do I eject the
optical drive tray with the computer turned off?” on
page 76 for more details.
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Rear view

# Item Description

1 USB ports Connects to USB devices (e.g., USB digital camera).

2 Network jack Connects to an Ethernet 10/100-based network.

3 Modem jack Conncts a phone line (only for models with an internal
fax/data modem).

4 Parallel port Connects to a parallel device (e.g., parallel printer).

5 External display port Connects to a display monitor.

6 Video-out port Connects to a display device with S-video input.

7 DC-in jack Connects to the AC adapter.


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Bottom view

# Item Description

1 Hard disk bay Houses the computer’s hard disk.

2 Battery bay Houses the computer’s battery pack.

3 Battery release latch Slide and hold to unlatch the battery pack.

4 Memory compartment Houses the computer’s memory upgrade slot.


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Features
This computer was designed with the user in mind. Here are just a few of its many
features:

Performance
• Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with on-die level 2 cache
• 256 MB memory expandable to 1 GB
• High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk
• Lithium-Ion battery pack
• Power management system

Multimedia
• 16-bit high-fidelity stereo audio with 3-D sound
• Built-in dual stereo speakers
• Internal optical drive (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD/CD-RW combo)
• Audio DJ feature
• Large LCD display with simultaneous LCD and CRT display support
• S-video (NTSC/PAL) output

Connectivity
• High-speed 56Kbps V.90 fax/data software modem
• Ethernet/Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
• Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports
• Wireless networking (802.11b) option

Human-centric design and ergonomics


• All-in-one design (CD or DVD, floppy drive, and hard disk)
• Sleek, smooth and stylish design
• Full-sized keyboard
• Wide and curved palm rest
• Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device
• Launch keys
• Audio DJ feature
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Expansion
• CardBus PC Card slots
• Upgradeable memory and hard disk
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Display
The large graphics display offers excellent viewing, display quality and desktop-
performance graphics. The computer supports a Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid
crystal display (LCD) displaying up to 16.7 million colors at 1024x768 eXtended
Graphics Array (XGA) resolution.

Video performance
Video peformance is boosted with 16 MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) Synchronous
Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM) for graphics-intensive games and
applications.

Simultaneous display
The computer’s large display and multimedia capabilities are great for giving
presentations. If you prefer, you can also connect an external monitor when giving
presentations. This computer supports simultaneous LCD and CRT display.
Simultaneous display allows you to control the presentation from your computer and
at the same time face your audience. You can also connect other output display
devices such as an LCD projector or a television for large-audience presentations.

Dualview
The computer’s video chip takes advantage of the multi-display capability of Windows.
This feature allows you to extend your desktop to an external display device, such as an
external monitor or projector. With this feature enabled, you can move program
windows to and from the computer LCD and external display device. For more
information, see Windows help.
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Indicators
The computer has easy-to-read lock indicators (A) found above the keyboard, and
status indicators (B) and Audio DJ mode indicators (C) on the front panel of the
computer.

These indicators show the status of the computer and its components.

# Function Description

A. Lock indicators

1 Caps lock Caps Lock is activated.

2 Num lock Numeric Lock (for embedded keypad) is activated.

3 Scroll lock Scroll Lock is activated.


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# Function Description

B. Status indicators

4 Power Lights when the computer is on.

5 AC power Computer is running on AC power.

6 Battery charge Battery is being charged.

7 Hard disk activity Hard disk is being accessed.

8 Wireless networking Wireless networking feature is enabled. Use the wireless


networking switch to enable or disable this feature. See
“Right view” on page 6 for the location of this switch.

9 Optical drive activity Optical drive (CD or DVD) is being accessed.

C. Audio DJ mode indicators

10 MP Audio DJ is set to launch the Windows Media Player for


audio playback.

11 CD Audio DJ is set to CD playback.


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Keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys with an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two
Windows keys and twelve function keys.

Special keys

Lock keys

The keyboard has four lock keys which you can toggle on and off.

Lock Key Description

Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase.

Num Lock When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode. The keys
function as a calculator (complete with the arithmetic operators +, -, *, and
/). Use this mode when you need to do a lot of numeric data entry. A
better solution would be to connect an external keypad. See “External
keyboard” on page 43.

Scroll Lock When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down when you
(Fn-Scroll Lk) press ↑ or ↓ respectively. Scroll Lock does not work with some applications.
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Embedded keypad

The embedded keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is indicated by


small characters located on the lower edge of the keycaps. The embedded keypad can
function in numeric mode or cursor-control mode.

Desired Access Num lock On Num lock Off

Number keys on embedded Type numbers in a normal Hold Shift while typing
keypad manner. numbers.

Cursor-control keys on Hold Shift while using Use cursor-control keys in a


embedded keypad cursor-control keys. normal manner.

Main keyboard keys Hold Fn while typing letters Hold Fn while typing letters
on embedded keypad. Also on embedded keypad. Also
hold down Shift for capital hold down Shift for capital
letters. letters.
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Windows keys

The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.

Key Description

Windows logo key Start button. Combinations with this key perform special functions.
Below are a few examples:
 + Tab (Activates next Taskbar button)
 + E (Explores My Computer)
 + F (Finds Document)
 + M (Minimizes All)
Shift +  + M (Undoes Minimize All)
 + R (Displays Run dialog box)

Application key Opens the application’s context menu (same as right-click).


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Hotkeys

The computer uses hotkeys or key combinations to perform functions such as


controlling the screen brightness and specifying where to display output.

HotKey Function Description

Fn-Esc Speaker toggle Turns the speakers on and off.

Fn-F3 Standby Puts the computer in standby mode.

Fn-F4 Hibernation Puts the computer in hibernation mode.

Fn-F5 Display toggle Switches display output between the display


screen, external monitor (if connected) and
both the display screen and external monitor.

Fn-F6 Brightness up Increases the screen brightness.

Fn-F7 Brightness down Decreases the screen brightness.

Fn-F8 Wireless networking toggle Toggles wireless networking on and off.

When activating hotkeys, press and hold the Fn key before pressing the other key in
the hotkey combination.
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Keyboard ergonomics
Located below the keyboard, the wide and curved palm rest is ergonomically designed
to provide you with a very comfortable place to rest your hands while you type.
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Touchpad
The built-in touchpad is a PS/2-compatible pointing device that senses movement on
its surface. This means the cursor responds as you move your finger on the surface of
the touchpad. The central location on the palm rest provides optimum comfort and
support.

Touchpad basics
The following teaches you how to use the touchpad:

• Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor.


• Press the left (1) and right (2) buttons located on the edge of the touchpad to do
selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar to the left and
right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad produces similar results.
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Right
Function Left Button Tap
Button

Execute Click twice quickly. Tap twice (at the same speed as
double-clicking the mouse button).

Select Click once. Tap once.

Drag Click and hold, Tap twice (at the same speed as
then use finger to double-clicking the mouse button)
drag the cursor on and hold finger to the touchpad on
the touchpad. the second tap to drag the cursor.

Access Click once.


context
menu

Note: Keep your fingers dry and clean when using the touchpad. Also keep the
touchpad dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movements. Hence,
the lighter the touch, the better the response. Tapping too hard will not increase
the touchpad’s responsiveness.
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Launch keys
Located above the keyboard are launch keys that can be used to launch applications..

# Item Description

1 WWW By default, launches your Internet browser

2 Application Launches a set application.

To configure the launch keys and the applications they launch, see “Easy Button” on
page 62.
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Storage
This computer’s all-in-one design gives you the benefit of using the following media
storage options:
• High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk
The hard disk can be upgraded when you need more storage space. Consult your
dealer for details.
• 3.5-inch floppy drive
The floppy drive reads and writes on standard 3.5-inch diskettes.
• High-speed optical drive
A high-speed optical drive (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD/CD-RW) gives you
portable multimedia access.

For the location of these drives, see “A tour of your computer” on page 3.

Inserting and ejecting a diskette


Insert a diskette into the floppy drive (1); the floppy drive eject button pops out. To
eject the diskette, press the floppy drive eject button (2); then remove the diskette (3).
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Ejecting the optical drive tray


With the computer on, press the optical drive eject button (1) to eject the optical drive
tray, and pull out the drive tray. Place a CD or DVD onto the drive tray spindle until it
clicks into place (2). Then close the drive tray (3).
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Connectivity options
The computer has built-in features for connecting to a network and communicating
with other computers.

Ethernet and LAN


The built-in network feature allows you to connect your computer to an Ethernet-
based (10/100 Mbps) network.

To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the network jack on the
rear of the computer to a network jack or hub on your network..

Fax/data modem
The computer has a built-in fax/data modem.

Warning: This modem port is not compatible with digital phone lines. Plugging
this modem into a digital phone line system will damage the modem.
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To use the fax/data modem port, connect a phone cable from the modem port to a
telephone jack.
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Audio
Your computer includes 16-bit high-fidelity stereo audio. The dual speakers, located
near the front of the computer, direct sound towards you to further enhance sound
output and quality.

There are audio ports on the left side of the computer. See “Left view” on page 5 for
the location and description of these ports. For information on how to connect
external audio devices to these ports, see “Audio devices” on page 45.

Adjusting the volume


Use the volume control slider to adjust the volume. Slide the switch towards you to
increase the volume; slide it away from you to decrease the volume.
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Using the Audio DJ feature


The Audio DJ feature allows you to control the playback of music CDs even with the
computer turned off, and launches the Windows Media Player for audio playback.

# Item Description

1 MODE Press for more than three seconds to turn the Audio DJ
feature on/off; with the Audio DJ feature on, press to
switch between CD playback and audio playback via the
Windows Media Player.

2 Previous track Skips to previous audio track.

3 Next track Skip to next audio track.

4 Play/pause Plays/pauses audio

5 Stop Stops audio playback.


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To playback an audio CD, do as follows:


1 Press the Mode button (on the front panel of the computer) until the CD
indicator lights up to turn on the Audio DJ feature.
2 Press the optical drive eject button; then pull out the drive tray.
3 Place a music CD on the optical drive spindle until it clicks in place. Make sure
you select the correct playback mode.
4 Close the optical drive tray securely.
5 You can now press the music playback buttons to begin music playback.
Adjust the volume by using the volume control slider found at the left side of the
computer.

To launch Windows Media Player for audio playback, do as follows:


1 If the Audio DJ feature is on, open the display cover, and press the MODE button
to switch to MP mode. The MP indicator lights up.

Note: If the Audio DJ feature is off, turning on the Audio DJ feature and
switching to MP mode will turn the computer on.

2 Windows Media Player launches.


3 You can now use the software controls or the front panel audio playback buttons
to begin.
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Securing your computer


Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and a
password.

Security notch
A security notch located on the left panel of the computer lets you connect a
Kensington-compatible computer security lock.

Wrap a computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or
locked drawer handle. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the
lock. Some keyless models are available.

Passwords
The user password protects your computer and the BIOS Setup Utility from
unauthorized access. When set with appropriate options enabled, no one can access
the computer without entering the correct password.

See “BIOS Setup Utility” on page 63 for details on how to set a password and related
options.

Important: Do not forget your password! If you forget your password, you need
to contact your dealer.
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Operating on
battery power
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The computer operates on AC or battery power. This chapter


contains the information you need to know to operate the
computer on battery power. It also includes information on
how your computer manages and saves power.
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Battery pack
The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use between charges.

Battery pack characteristics


The battery pack has the following characteristics:
• Employs current battery technology standards
• Battery-low warning

Whenever possible, use the AC adapter. The battery will come in handy when you
travel or during a power failure. It is advisable to have an extra fully-charged battery
pack available as backup. See your dealer for more details.

Maximizing battery life


Notebook computer batteries, like all other batteries, are "consumables". This means
that their use is consumed over a period of time, and that their performance
diminishes over this life cycle. In order to maximize the length of your battery's life,
please read and adhere to the recommendations set out below.

Conditioning a new battery pack


When using a battery pack for the first time, there is a “conditioning” process that
should be followed first before using it with your computer.
1 Insert the battery into the computer. Do not turn the computer on.
2 Connect the AC adapter to a power source (i.e., a power outlet) and to the
computer and fully recharge the battery.
3 Disconnect the adapter from the power source.
4 Use the computer on battery power. Do not plug in AC power during this initial
use period.
5 Once the battery is fully depleted of charge while being used (i.e., the computer
warns you to “switch to AC power”), turn the computer off and follow step 1
again.

Note: Repeat these steps two times. Total conditioning process is 3 charges/
discharges.
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Use this process with a new battery or with a battery that's been stored without being
used for a long time. If the computer is to be stored for more than two weeks, we
suggest you remove the battery pack.

Warning! Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) or


above 60ºC (140ºF). This may adversely affect the battery pack.

By following this process you will have conditioned your battery to accept the
maximum charge possible. Failure to follow this procedure will not allow you to get
the longest possible battery charge from your battery and will also shorten the
effective lifespan of your battery.

The useful life span of the battery is adversely affected by the following usage patterns:
• Using the computer on constant AC power, while the battery is inserted in the
notebook. If you are to use the computer on AC power constantly, please remove
the battery from the unit after it is fully charged.
• Not discharging/recharging the battery to its extremes as explained in
"Conditioning a new battery pack" above.
• Frequency of use (the more you use the battery, the faster it will reach the end of
its effective life cycle). A standard computer battery has a life span of about 500
charges.

Installing and removing the battery pack

Important! Before removing the battery pack, make sure that you have an AC
adapter connected to the computer; otherwise, turn off the computer.

To install a battery pack:


1 Align the front end of the battery pack (with the rubber feet) with the front end
of the battery bay.
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2 Press down on the battery pack until you hear the battery latch click in place.

To remove the battery pack:


1 Slide the battery release latch to unlatch the battery pack.
2 Pull up the battery pack to remove it.

Charging the battery


To charge the battery, slide the battery pack into the battery bay and plug the AC
adapter into the computer and an electrical outlet.
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When the computer is in use with the AC adapter plugged in, the computer fully
charges the battery pack in approximately 9 hours.

Note: We suggest that you charge the battery pack before retiring for the day,
letting it charge overnight before traveling. This ensures a fully charged battery
for use the next day.

Checking the battery level


The Windows battery meter indicates the present battery level. Simply rest your
cursor on the battery meter (or AC plug) icon on the taskbar to see the present charge
level of your battery.

Optimizing battery life


This section helps you get the most out of battery operation. Optimizing battery life
prolongs the charge/recharge cycle and improves recharge efficiency. Follow these
suggestions to optimize and maximize battery power:
• Purchase an extra battery pack.
• Use the AC adapter whenever possible so that the battery is reserved for on-the-
go computing.
• Keep the battery pack in the computer powered by the AC adapter. The constant
trickle charge maintains the battery level to eliminate the battery self-discharge
effect. The charge-in-use function also charges the battery pack.
• Disable the parallel port if no devices are connected to this port. You can do this
through the BIOS Setup Utility. See “Others” on page 69.
• Eject the PC Card from the slot when it is not in use, since the PC Card draws
extra power. See “Ejecting a card” on page 47.
• Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended storage
temperature for battery packs ranges from 10 to 30 degrees Celsius. The higher
the storage temperature, the faster the battery pack self-discharges.
• The batteries can be recharged about 400 times when used as directed. Excessive
recharging decreases battery life.
• Take care of your battery pack and AC adapter. See “Taking care of your
computer” on page viii of the preface.
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Battery-low warning
You never have to worry about battery power as long as you are using the AC adapter.
However, when you operate the computer on battery power, pay extra attention to the
Windows battery meter.

Warning! Connect the AC adapter to the computer as soon as possible. Data is


lost when computer power is cut off during Standby mode.

The following table shows the recommended course of action to take when you
encounter a battery-low condition.

Situation Recommended Action

AC adapter and 1. Connect the AC adapter to the computer.


power outlet available 2. Save all necessary files.
3. Resume work.
Power off the computer if you wish to recharge the battery rapidly.

An extra fully-charged 1. Save all necessary files.


battery pack available 2. Exit the application.
3. Power off the computer.
4. Replace the battery pack.
5. Power on the computer and resume work.

AC adapter or power 1. Save all necessary files.


outlet not available 2. Exit the application.
3. Power off the computer.
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Power management
This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system activity.
System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following devices:
keyboard, mouse, floppy drive, hard disk, peripherals connected to the serial and
parallel ports, and video memory. If no activity is detected for a period of time (called
an inactivity timeout), the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to
conserve energy.

This computer employs a power management scheme that supports ACPI (Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface) which allows for maximum power conservation
and maximum performance at the same time. ACPI enables Windows to control the
amount of power given to each device attached to the computer. Windows handles all
power-saving chores for your computer. For more information, refer to Windows Help
and Support.
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Peripherals and
options
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Your computer offers excellent expansion capabilities


with its built-in ports and connectors. This chapter
describes how to connect peripherals and hardware
options that help you use your computer with ease.
When connecting peripherals, read the manual included
with the peripheral for operating instructions. You can
purchase most of these and other options directly from
authorized dealers.
This chapter also includes sections on how to upgrade
key components. Key component upgradeability helps
keep your computer in step with the latest technology.
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External display devices


External monitor
You can connect an external monitor to the external display port.

Read the monitor manual for additional instructions.

Note: If an external monitor is not connected, closing the display cover puts the
computer into Standby mode.
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External display with s-video input


You can connect an external display device such as a television or projector with s-
video input to the video-out port on the rear of the computer.

Read the manual for your TV or projector for additional operating instructions.

Using simultaneous display


Your computer takes advantage of Windows multi-display capability, allowing you to
use your computer for presentation purposes. So whatever is displayed in your
computer will likewise be displayed on the other external display. Press Fn-F5 to toggle
the display output location.

To use simultaneous display, you can choose to connect the display device to the
computer through the external display port or video-out port, depending on what
your display device supports.
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External input devices


External keyboard
This computer has a keyboard with full-sized keys and an embedded keypad. If you feel
more comfortable using a desktop keyboard, you can connect an external USB
keyboard to an available USB port.

External keypad
You can also use a 17-key numeric keypad for number-sensitive, data-entry
applications. To connect the keypad, plug the keypad connector into an available USB
port.

External pointing device


This computer accepts a USB mouse or similar pointing device. To use a USB mouse,
connect it to an available USB port.
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Printer
This computer supports both parallel and USB printers. For a parallel printer, plug the
printer cable into the parallel port.

For a USB printer, connect it to the USB port. To operate your printer, see your printer
manual.

Note: If a parallel printer does not function, enter the BIOS Setup Utility and
verify that the parallel port is enabled. See “Others” on page 69 for assistance.
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Audio devices
You can plug an external microphone into the microphone-in jack. Amplified speakers
or headphones connect to the speaker/headphone-out jack.
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Expansion devices
PC Card slots
The computer has built-in CardBus PC Card slots that can accommodate one type III
or two type II/I PC Cards. Please consult your dealer for PC Card options available that
you can purchase for your computer.
The PC Card slots found on the right of the computer accepts credit-card-sized cards
that enhance the usability and expandability of the computer.
PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-on cards for portable computers, giving you
expansion possibilities long afforded by desktop PCs. Popular type II cards include
flash memory, SRAM, fax/data modem, LAN and SCSI cards. CardBus improves on the
16-bit PC Card technology by expanding the data path to 32 bits.

Note: Refer to your card’s manual for details on how to install and use the card.

Inserting a card

Note: Insert a type III PC Card in the lower slot.

Insert the card into the appropriate slot and make the proper connections (e.g., cable),
if necessary. See your card manual for details.
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Ejecting a card
Before ejecting a PC Card:
• Exit the application using the card.
• Left-click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar and click on the
safely remove card operation.
After it is safe to remove the card, press the slot eject button once to pop it out (1);
then press it again to eject the PC Card (2).

USB
The computer has three USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports that allow you to connect
peripherals without occupying too many resources. USB devices are also plug and play
which means you don’t need to turn off your computer to connect and use the device.
Common USB devices include the mouse, keyboard, and digital cameras. You can also
daisy-chain USB devices via USB hubs.

Disconnecting USB devices


Before disconnecting a USB device:
• Stop all applications using the USB device.
• Left-click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar and click on the
safely remove device operation.

Now you can unplug the USB device from the computer.
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Miscellaneous options
Battery pack
It is a good practice to have a spare battery around, especially when you travel. The Li-
ion battery, coupled with the power management features of your computer, supplies
you with more power on-the-go.

AC adapter
The compact AC adapter charges your battery pack and supplies power to your
computer. You can order a spare AC adapter so you do not need to carry it from the
office to your home or destination.
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Key component upgrades


Your computer delivers superior power and performance. However, some users and
the applications they use may demand more. This computer allows you to upgrade
key components when you need increased performance.

Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a key component
upgrade.

Memory upgrade
This notebook computer comes with two memory slots that accept soDIMMs (Small
Outline Dual Inline Memory Modules). It supports PC-133 Synchronous Dynamic
Random Access Memory (SDRAM). Standard memory occupies one dealer-
upgradeable slot. You can also upgrade memory using the user-upgradeable slot.

Installing memory
Follow these steps to install memory in the user-upgradeable slot:
1 Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and remove the
battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its base.
2 Remove the screws from the memory door (1), and lift the memory door (2) to
access the memory slot.
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3 Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot (1), then gently press down
until it clicks into place (2).

4 Replace the memory door and secure it with the screws.

The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size.

Hard disk upgrade


It is possible to upgrade your hard disk with a higher capacity drive when you need
more storage space. The computer uses a 9.5mm 2.5-inch Enhanced-IDE hard disk.
Please consult your dealer if you need to upgrade your hard disk.
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Moving with your


computer
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This chapter gives you tips and hints on things to


consider when moving around or traveling with
your computer.
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Disconnecting from the desktop


Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external accessories:
1 Save your work in progress.
2 Shut down the operating system.
3 Turn off the computer.
4 Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
5 Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external monitor, and other
external devices.
6 Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using one to secure the computer.
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Moving around
when you are just moving within short distances, for example, from your office desk to
a meeting room

Preparing the computer


Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in Standby
mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within the building.

To bring the computer out of Standby mode, open the display and press the power
button.

What to bring to short meetings


A fully charged battery runs the computer for 2 hours under most circumstances. If
your meeting is shorter than that, you probably do not need to bring anything with
you other than the computer.

What to bring to long meetings


If your meeting will last longer than 2 hours or if your battery is not fully charged, you
may want to bring the AC adapter with you to plug in your computer in the meeting
room.

If the meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the drain on the battery
by putting the computer in power-saving mode. Close the display cover whenever you
are not actively using the computer. Open the display and press the power button to
resume.
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Taking the computer home


when you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa

Preparing the computer


After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to prepare
the computer for the trip home:
1 Remove all media from the drives. Failure to remove the media can damage the
drive head.
2 Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the computer from
sliding around and cushion it if it should fall.

Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the computer. Pressure
against the top cover could damage the screen.

What to bring with you


Unless you already have some items at home, bring the following items with you:
• AC adapter and power cord
• The printed user’s manual

Special considerations
Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and from work:
• Minimize the effect of temperature changes by keeping the computer with you.
• If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot bring the
computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid exposing
the computer to excessive heat.
• Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation. Allow the
computer to return to room temperature, and inspect the screen for
condensation before turning on the computer. If the temperature change is
greater than 18°F (10°C), allow the computer to come to room temperature
slowly. If possible, leave the computer for 30 minutes in an environment with a
temperature between outside and room temperature.
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Setting up a home office


If you frequently work on your computer at home, it may be worthwhile to purchase a
second AC adapter for use at home. With a second AC adapter, you can avoid
transporting the extra weight to and from home.

If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you might also want
to add an external keyboard, monitor, or mouse.
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Traveling with the computer


when you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office building to
a client’s office building or traveling locally

Preparing the computer


Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Be sure the battery in the
computer is charged. Airport security may require you to turn on your computer
when bringing it into the gate area.

What to bring with you


Bring the following items with you:
• AC adapter
• Spare, fully charged battery packs
• Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer

Special considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these guidelines to
protect your computer while traveling:
• Always take the computer as carry-on luggage.
• If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. The computer can safely pass
through security X-ray machines, but never expose the computer to a metal
detector.
• Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held metal detectors.
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Traveling internationally with the


computer
when you are moving from country to country

Preparing the computer


Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.

What to bring with you


Bring the following items with you.
• AC adapter
• Power cords that are appropriate to the country to which you are traveling
• Spare, fully charged battery packs
• Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer

Special considerations
Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the computer. In
addition, these tips are useful when traveling internationally.
• When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage and the AC
adapter power cord specifications are compatible. If not, purchase a power cord
that is compatible with the local AC voltage (e.g., power rating). Do not use
converter kits sold for appliances to power the computer.
• If you are using the modem, check if the modem and connector is compatible
with the telecom system of the country you are traveling in.
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Software
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This chapter discusses the important system utilities


bundled with your computer.
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System software
The computer comes preloaded with the following software:
• Microsoft Windows operating system
• Hardware BIOS setup utility
• System utilities, drivers and application software

Note: To access Windows software applications, click on the Start button and
select the application folder. Then click on the application icon to run the
selected application. To learn about the software and utility, make use of the
online help provided by the software.
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Easy Button
Easy Button allows you to set the launch keys located above the keyboard. See
“Launch keys” on page 21 for the location of these keys. Pressing on a launch key that
has not been configured will allow you to configure Easy Button.
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BIOS Setup Utility


The BIOS Setup Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer’s
BIOS (basic input/ouput system).

Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to
run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to
run it. Please also refer to Chapter 6, Troubleshooting when a problem arises.

To activate the BIOS Setup Utility, press F2 during POST.

Navigating the BIOS Setup Utility


There are six menu options: Main, Advanced, Security, Others, Boot and Exit.

Follow these instructions:


• To choose a menu, use the cursor left/right keys (← → ).
• To choose a parameter, use the cursor up/down keys (↑↓).
• To change the value of a parameter, press F5 or F6.

Note: You can change the value of a parameter if it is enclosed in square brackets.

• A plus sign (+) indicates the item has sub-items. Press Enter to expand this item.
• Press Esc while you are in any of the menu options to go to the Exit menu.
• In any menu, you can load default settings by pressing F9. You can also press F10
to save any changes made and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.
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Notes:

Navigation keys for a particular menu are shown on the bottom of the screen.

Help for parameters are found in the Item Specific Help part of the screen. Read
this carefully when making changes to parameter values.

Main
The Main screen displays a summary of your computer hardware information, and also
includes basic setup parameters.

Note: The screen above is for reference only. Actual values may differ.

The table below describes the parameters in this screen.

Parameter Description

System Time Sets the system time.


Format: HH:MM:SS (hour:minute:second)

System Date Sets the system date.


Format: MM/DD/YYYY (month/day/year)

Floppy Drive Shows floppy drive type information.

Hard Disk Shows the hard disk model.


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Parameter Description

Quiet Boot Determines the way the system boots up.


Options: Enabled or Disabled

LCD Display stretch Specifies whether or not to expand the image to fill the screen.
Options: Enabled or Disabled

System Memory Shows the amount of system memory.

Extended Memory Shows the amount of extended memory

BIOS Ver. Shows the system BIOS version.

Note: Main memory = system memory + extended memory

Advanced
The Advanced screen contains parameters involving your hardware devices.

The table below describes the parameters in the screen.

Parameter Description

IDE Controller Enables or disables the primary or secondary IDE controller or both.
Options: Both, Primary or Disabled
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Parameter Description

FDD Controller Enables or disables the floppy drive controller.


Options: Enabled or Disabled

Parallel Port Enables or disables the parallel port.


Options: Enabled or Disabled

Mode Sets the operation mode of the parallel port.


Options: Bi-directional, ECP, EPP or Normal mode

Base I/O address Sets the I/O address of the parallel port. This parameter is enabled
only if Mode is set to ECP or Bi-directional.
Options: 378, 278 or 3BC

Interrupt Sets the interrupt request of the parallel port.


Options: IRQ 7 or IRQ 5

DMA Channel Sets a DMA channel for the printer to operate in ECP mode. This
parameter is enabled only if Mode is set to ECP.
Options: DMA 1, DMA 3 or DMA 0

Legacy USB Allows the use of legacy USB devices.


Support Options: Enabled or Disabled

Security
The Security screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your
computer from unauthorized use.
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The table below describes the parameters in this screen.

Parameter Description

User Password Is Shows the setting of the user password.


Options: Clear or Set

Supervisor Shows the setting of the supervisor password.


Password Is Options: Clear or Set

Set User Press Enter to set the user password. When set, this password protects
Password the computer from unauthorized access.

Set Supervisor Press Enter to set the supervisor password. When set, this password
Password protects the BIOS Setup Utility from unauthorized access.

Password on When enabled, the user password protects the computer from
boot unauthorized access during boot up.
Options: Disabled or Enabled

Note: When you are prompted to enter a password, you have three tries before
the system halts. Don’t forget your password. If you forget your password, you
may have to return your notebook computer to your dealer to reset it.

Setting a password
You need to set the Supervisor Password before you can set the User Password.

Follow these steps:


1 Use the ↑ and ↓ keys to highlight the desired Set Password parameter and press
the Enter key. The Set Password box appears:
Set Password

Enter new password: [ ]


Confirm new password: [ ]

2 Type a password in the Enter new password field. The password may consist of up
to eight alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9).

Important! Be very careful when typing your password because the characters do
not appear on the screen.
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Retype the password in the Confirm new password field.


3 Press Enter.
After setting the password, the computer sets the chosen Password parameter to
“Set”.
4 If desired, you can opt to enable the Password on boot parameter.
5 When you are done, press F10 to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

Removing a password
Follow these steps:
1 Use the ↑ and ↓ keys to highlight the desired Set Password parameter and press
the Enter key. The Set Password box appears:
Set Password

Enter Current Password [ ]


Enter New Password [ ]
Confirm New Password [ ]

2 Type the current password in the Enter Current Password field and press Enter.
3 Press Enter twice without typing anything in the Enter New Password and
Confirm New Password fields.
The computer then sets the chosen Password parameter to “Clear”.
4 When you are done, press F10 to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

Changing a password
Follow these steps:
1 Use the ↑ and ↓ keys to highlight the Set User Password parameter and press the
Enter key. The Set Password box appears:
Set Password

Enter Current Password [ ]


Enter New Password [ ]
Confirm New Password [ ]

2 Type the current password in the Enter Current Password field and press Enter.
3 Type a password in the Enter new password field.
Retype the password in the Confirm new password field.
4 Press Enter.
After setting the password, the computer sets the User Password parameter to
“Set”.
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5 If desired, you can opt to enable the Password on boot parameter.


6 When you are done, press F10 to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

Others
The Others screen contains various parameter settings.

The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the
default and suggested parameter settings.

Parameter Description

Low Battery Alarm Determines whether or not the system will alarm when the battery
power is low.
Options: Enabled or Disabled

Panel Close Alarm Determines whether or not the system will alarm when the display
cover is closed.
Options: Disabled or Enabled

System Beep Determines whether or not the system will emit a beep on boot up.
Options: Enabled or Disabled
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Boot
The Boot screen allows you to set the order in which the system looks for bootable
devices on startup.

The table below describes these devices.

Parameter Description

Removable The computer attempts to boot from the removable device (e.g., floppy
Devices drive). If unsuccessful, the system goes to the next device in the list.

Hard Drive The computer attempts to boot from the hard disk. If unsuccessful, the
system goes to the next device in the list.

CD-ROM Drive The computer attempts to boot from the optical drive (looks for a
bootable CD or DVD).

Network Boot The computer attempts to boot from a network boot image.

Note: A plus (+) sign may be shown in front of a device. You can press Enter to
“expand” the device and see sub-items in this category.
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Exit
The Exit screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your computer
from unauthorized use.

The table below describes the parameters in this screen.

Parameter Description

Exit Saving Changes Saves changes made and exits the BIOS Setup Utility (same as
F10).

Exit Discarding Changes Discards changes made and exits the BIOS Setup Utility.

Load Setup Defaults Loads default settings for all parameters (same as F9).

Discard Changes Discards changes made.

Save Changes Saves changes made.

Note: In any menu, you can load default settings by pressing F9. You can also
press F10 to save any changes made and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.
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Troubleshooting
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This chapter instructs you on how to deal with


common system problems. Read it before calling a
technician if a problem occurs. Solutions to more
serious problems require opening up the computer.
Do not attempt to open and service the computer by
yourself. Contact your dealer or an authorized service
center for assistance.
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Frequently-asked questions
This is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer, and it
gives easy answers and solutions to these questions.

I press the power switch, but the computer does not start or boot-up.
Look at the Power status indicator:
• If it is not lit, no power is being applied to the computer. Check the following:
• If you are running on battery power, it may be low and unable to power the
computer. Connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack.
• Make sure the AC adapter is plugged in properly to the computer and to the
power outlet.
• If it is lit, check if a non-bootable (non-system) diskette is in the floppy drive.
Remove or replace it with a system diskette and press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart the
system.

The operating system files may be damaged or missing. Insert the startup disk you
created during Windows setup into the floppy drive and press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart
the system. This will diagnose your system and make necessary fixes.

Nothing appears on the screen.


The computer’s power management system automatically blanks the screen to save
power. Press any key to turn the display back on.

If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, check the following:
• The brightness level might be too low. Press Fn-F6 and Fn-F7 to adjust the
brightness level.
• The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the display toggle
hot key Fn-F5 to toggle the display back to the computer.
• The system may be in standby mode. Try pressing the power switch to resume.

Image is not full-screen.


Make sure the resolution is set to a resolution your system supports natively. Right-
click on your Windows desktop and select Properties to bring up the Display
Properties dialog box. Then click on the Settings tab to make sure the resolution is set
to the appropriate resolution. Resolutions lower than the specified resolution are not
full-screen on the computer or on an external monitor.
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No audio from the computer.


Check the following:
• The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control icon on the
taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute option.
• The volume level may be too low. In Windows, look at the volume control icon
on the taskbar. Click on the icon and adjust the level. You can also use the
volume control knob on the left panel of the computer to adjust the volume.

If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the speaker/


headphone-out port on the computer, the internal speakers automatically turn off.

External microphone does not work.


Check the following:
• Make sure the external microphone is connected to the microphone-in jack on
the computer.
• If you cannot hear playback, the speakers may be muted.

How do I eject the optical drive tray with the computer turned off?
There is a emergency eject hole on the optical drive. Simply insert the tip of a pen or
paperclip and push to eject the optical drive tray.

The keyboard does not respond.


Try attaching an external USB keyboard to an available USB port on the computer. If it
works, contact your dealer or an authorized service center as the internal keyboard
cable may be loose.
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The floppy drive cannot access a diskette.


Check the following:
• Make sure the diskette is properly inserted in the floppy drive.
• Make sure the diskette is formatted.
• If the diskette is not the cause of the problem, the floppy drive may be dirty.
Clean it using a drive cleaning kit. Follow the instructions included with the kit.

The CD or DVD drive cannot access a disc.


Check the following:
• Make sure the disc is supported by the drive. If your computer has a CD-ROM
drive, it can read CDs but cannot read DVDs. If your computer has a DVD drive, it
can read DVDs in addition to CDs.
• When placing the CD or DVD in the drive tray, make sure it is secure in the
spindle on the drive tray.
• Make sure the CD or DVD is free from scratches or smudges. If the CD or DVD is
dirty, clean it using a disc cleaning kit. Remember to follow the instructions
included with the kit.
• If the problem does not lie with the disc, your CD or DVD drive may be dirty.
Clean it using a drive cleaning kit. Follow the instructions included with the kit.

The printer does not work.


Check the following:
• Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and it is turned on.
• Depending on your printer connection (USB or parallel), make sure the printer
cable is connected securely to the appropriate ports on both the computer and
the printer.
• If you use a parallel port, access the BIOS Setup Utility by pressing F2 after
restarting your system. Go to the Others screen and verify that the parallel port
is enabled. See “Others” on page 69.

I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.


Follow these steps:
1 Click on Start, then click on Control Panel.
2 Double-click on Phone and Modem Options.
3 In the Dialing Rules tab, begin setting up your location.
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Refer to the Windows Help and Support and the modem manual.

Why can’t I charge my battery to 100% charged when it is 99-95% charged?


To preserve the life of the battery, the system only lets you charge the battery when its
capacity falls below 95%. However, it is recommended that you bring an extra battery
and let the battery in the system use up its power before charging it.
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Error messages
If you receive an error message, note the message and take the corrective action. The
following table lists the error messages in alphabetical order together with the
recommended course of action.

Note: To enter the BIOS Setup Utility, press F2 during POST. For more
information, see “BIOS Setup Utility” on page 63.

Error Messages Corrective Action

0200 Failure Fixed Disk Hard disk error detected.


Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and verify the hard disk is detected. If
not, contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

0211 Keyboard error Try using an external keyboard.


If the external keyboard works, contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.

0212 Keyboard Keyboard controller test failed.


Controller Failed Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

0220 Monitor type Display device mismatch.


does not match Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and verify the parameters (try loading
CMOS - Run SETUP the default settings); then save and restart your computer.

0230 Shadow Ram Shadow RAM test failed.


Failed at offset: nnnn Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

0231 System RAM System RAM test failed.


Failed at offset: nnnn Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

0232 Extended RAM Extended RAM test failed.


Failed at offset: nnnn Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

0250 System battery is CMOS clock battery needs to be replaced.


dead - Replace and Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
run SETUP
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Error Messages Corrective Action

0251 System CMOS CMOS has been corrupted or modified incorrectly.


checksum bad - Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and verify the parameters; then save
Default configuration and restart your computer.
used If the problem persists, contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

0260 System timer System timer test failed, and the system board needs to be
error repaired.
Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

0270 Real time clock Real time clock test failed, and the system board may need to be
error repaired.
Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

0271 Check date and Date and time are out of range, and was reset.
time settings Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and set the correct date and time.

0280 Previous boot Previous boot-up was not completed successfully.


incomplete - Default Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and verify the parameters (try loading
configuration used the default settings); then save and restart your computer.

0281 Memory Size Try reinstalling the memory. See “Installing memory” on page 49.
found by POST If the problem persists, contact your dealer or an authorized
differed from CMOS service center.

02B0 Diskette drive A Floppy drive test failed, and may need to be repaired or replaced.
error Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
02B2 Incorrect Drive
A type - run SETUP

02D0 System cache Cache memory test failed and was disabled; cache needs to be
error - Cache disabled replaced.
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

02F4 EISA CMOS not System unable to write to EISA CMOS.


writeable Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

02F5 DMA Test Failed System unable to write to DMA (Direct Memory Access) registers.
Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
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Error Messages Corrective Action

02F6 Software NMI System unable to generate software NMI (Non-Maskable


Failed Interrupt).
Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

02F7 Fail-Safe Timer Fail-safe timer takes too long.


NMI Failed Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

device Address Specific device has an address conflict.


Conflict Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and verify the parameters (try loading
the default settings); then save and restart your computer.

Failing Bits: nnnn Memory test failed.


Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

Invalid System Error with NVRAM (CMOS) data.


Configuration Data Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and verify the parameters (try loading
the default settings); then save and restart your computer.

I/O device IRQ I/O device has IRQ (Interrupt Request) conflict.
conflict Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and verify the parameters (try loading
the default settings); then save and restart your computer.

Operating system not Operating system cannot be found on the boot device.
found Enter the BIOS Setup Utility and verify the hard disk, floppy drive,
and boot parameters (try loading the default settings); then save
and restart your computer.
If the problem persists, you may need to recover your hard disk, or
reinstall the operating system.

Parity Check 1 nnnn Parity error found on system bus.


Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

Parity Check 2 nnnn Parity error found on I/O bus.


Write down the message and contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.

If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective measures, please
contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance. Some problems may
be solved using the BIOS Setup Utility. See “BIOS Setup Utility” on page 63.
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Appendix A
Specifications
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This appendix lists the general specifications of


your computer.
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Microprocessor
• Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with L2 cache

Memory
• Standard 256 MB main memory using Synchronous Dynamic Random Access
Memory (SDRAM) occupying one dealer-upgradeable slot
• One user-upgradeable 144-pin industry-standard soDIMM slot (PC-133)
• Maximum of 1 GB
• 512 KB Flash ROM BIOS

Data storage
• One internal floppy drive (3.5”, 1.44 MB)
• One E-IDE hard disk (2.5”, 9.5mm, UltraDMA-100)
• One internal optical drive

Display and video


• 14.1” or 15.0” Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal display (LCD) displaying
16.7 million colors at 1024x768 eXtended Graphics Array (XGA) resolution
• 16 MB Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM
• AGP 4X support
• Simultaneous LCD and CRT display
• S-video (NTSC/PAL) output
• Dualview support

Audio
• 16-bit stereo audio (AC’97)
• Two built-in stereo speakers
• Audio DJ playback controls
• Audio ports for speaker/headphone-out and microphone-in devices

Keyboard and pointing device


• 87-/88-/91-key Windows keyboard
• Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device
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I/O ports
• One type III or two type II/I PC Card slots (PCMCIA, CardBus)
• One RJ-11 modem jack (V.90, 56K)
• One RJ-45 network jack (Ethernet 10/100)
• One DC-in jack
• One parallel port (ECP/EPP)
• One external monitor port
• One speaker/headphone-out jack (3.5mm minijack)
• One microphone-in jack (3.5mm minijack)
• One video-out jack (S-video)
• Three Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports
• Wireless LAN (802.11b) — option

Weight and dimensions


• 14.1-inch model
• 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs)
• 335(W) x 295(D) x 42.3/52.8(H) mm (12.95” x 10.98” x 1.66”/2.08”)
• 15.0-inch model
• 3.7 kg (8.1 lbs)
• 335(W) x 295(D) x 42.3/52.8(H) mm (12.95” x 10.98” x 1.66”/2.08”)

Environment
• Temperature
• Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C
• Non-operating: -20°C ~ 65°C
• Humidity (non-condensing)
• Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
• Non-operating: 10% ~ 90% RH
• Altitude
• Operating: 0 ~ 10,000 ft
• Non-operating: 0 ~ 40,000 ft
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Operating system
• Microsoft Windows XP

Power
• Battery pack
• 87- WattHour Li-Ion battery pack
• AC adapter
• 90-Watt
• Auto sensing 100~240Vac, 50~60Hz

Options
• 256/512 MB SDRAM memory upgrade module
• Additional AC adapter
• Additional battery pack
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Appendix B
Notices
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This appendix lists the general notices for your computer.


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FCC notice
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
device does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the device and receiver
• Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help

Notice: Shielded cables


All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables to maintain
compliance with FCC regulations.

Notice: Peripheral devices


Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the
Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with non-certified peripherals is
likely to result in interference to radio and TV reception.

Caution
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s
authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this
computer.

Use conditions
This part complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept
any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Notice: Canadian users


This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing
Equipment Regulations.
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Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens


Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respected toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel
brouilleur du Canada.

Modem notices

FCC
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on the bottom side of the
modem is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC Registration Number and
Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment. Upon request, you must provide this
information to your telephone company.

If your telephone equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company
may discontinue your service temporarily. If possible, they will notify you in advance. But, if
advance notice is not practical, you will be notified as soon as possible. You will also be informed
of your right to file a complaint with the FCC.

Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or procedures
that could affect the proper functioning of your equipment. If they do, you will be notified in
advance to give you an opportunity to maintain uninterrupted telephone service.

If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equipment from the phone line
to determine if it is causing the problem. If the problem is with the equipment, discontinue use
and contact your dealer or vendor.

CTR 21
This equipment has been approved [Council Decision 98/482/EC - “CTR 21”] for pan-European
single terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). However, due to
differences between the individual PSTNs provided in different countries, the approval does not,
of itself, give an unconditional assurance of successful operation on every PSTN termination
point. In the event of problems, you should contact your equipment supplier in the first instance.

Telecommunications notices

A-Tick notice
For safety reasons, only connect headsets with a telecommunications compliance label. This
includes customer equipment previously labelled permitted or certified.
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Important safety instructions


Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions for future reference.
1 Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
2 Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or
aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
3 Do not use this product near water.
4 Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product may fall,
causing serious damage to the product.
5 Slots and openings in the cabinet and the back or bottom are provided for ventilation; to
ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, these openings
must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the
product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should never be placed
near or over a radiator or heat register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation
is provided.
6 This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the marking label. If
you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company.
7 Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where persons
will walk on the cord.
8 If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating of the
equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere
rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet
does not exceed the fuse rating.
9 Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may touch
dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock.
Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.
10 Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel.
11 Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel
under the following conditions:
a When the power cord or plug is damaged or frayed
b If liquid has been spilled into the product
c If the product has been exposed to rain or water
d If the product does not operate normally when the operating instructions are
followed. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions
since improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal
condition.
e If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged
f If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for service.
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12 Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we recommend. Use of
another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
13 Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dispose of
them in fire. Keep them away from children and dispose of used batteries promptly.
14 Use only the proper type of power supply cord set (provided in your accessories box) for
this unit. It should be a detachable type: UL listed/CSA certified, type SPT-2, rated 7A 125V
minimum, VDE approved or its equivalent. Maximum length is 15 feet (4.6 meters).

Laser compliance statement


The CD or DVD drive used with this computer is a laser product. The CD or DVD drive’s
classification label (shown below) is located on the drive.

CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT


CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM.

APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT


LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS D’OUVERTURE.
EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS.

LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1


VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG GEÖFFNET NICHT DEM
STRAHLL AUSSETZEN

PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I


ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE EXPONERSE A LOS
RAYOS.

ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VEDÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN.

VARO! LAVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA LASERSÅTEILYLLE.


VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÅR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNAD ÅLÅ TUIJOTA SÅTEESEENSTIRRA
EJ IN I STRÅLEN

VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NAR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNADSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN

ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NAR DEKSEL ÅPNESSTIRR IKKE INN I STRÅLEN

Lithium battery statement


CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent
type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s
instructions.

ADVARSEL!
Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må kun ske med batteri af
samme fabrikat og type. Léver det brugte batteri tilbage til leverandøren.
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ADVARSEL
Eksplosjonsfare ved feilaktig skifte av batteri. Benytt samme batteritype eller en tilsvarende type
anbefalt av apparatfabrikanten. Brukte batterier kasseres i henhold til fabrikantens instruksjoner.

VARNING
Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte. Anvãnd samma batterityp eller en ekvivalent typ som
rekommenderas av apparattillverkaren. Kassera anvãnt batteri enligt fabrikantens instruktion.
VAROITUS
Päristo voi räjähtää, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu. Vaihda paristo ainoastaan laitevalmistajan
suosittelemaan tyyppiin. Hävitä käytetty paristo valmistajan ohjeiden mukaisesti.

VORSICHT!
Explosionsgefahr bei unsachgemäßen Austausch der Batterie Ersatz nur durch denselben oder
einem vom Hersteller empfohlenem ähnlichen Typ. Entsorgung gebrauchter Batterien nach
Angaben des Herstellers.

Year 2000 compliance statement


The Acer Aspire 1400 series notebook computer carries the "Hardware NSTL Tested Year 2000
Compliant" logo, which certifies that this model has been tested by NSTL using the YMark2000
test, and has been found to meet NSTL's standards for Year 2000 hardware compliance.

For more details, check the Acer Year 2000 Resource Center Web site (global.acer.com/service/
pcy2000.html)

LCD pixel statement


The LCD unit is produced with high-precision manufacturing techniques. Nevertheless, some
pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black or red dots. This has no effect on the recorded
image and does not constitute a malfunction.

Macrovision copyright protection notice


This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims
of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation
and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by
Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless
otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is
prohibited.

Apparatus Claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 4,631,603, 4,577,216, 4,819,098, and 4,907,093 licensed for
limited viewing uses only.
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Index CD
computer

troubleshooting 77
charging
A checking level 36
AC adapter cleaning
caring for ix computer ix
ACPI 38 computer
audio 26 bringing to meetings 54
connecting externally 45 caring for viii
controlling volume 26 cleaning ix
disconnecting 53
troubleshooting 76
features 9
Audio DJ 27
moving around 54
B on indicator 13
battery bay 8 security 29
battery pack setting up a home office 56
battery-low warning 37 taking home 55
caring for ix traveling internationally 58
characteristics 33 traveling on local trips 57
charging 35 turning off viii
checking charge level 36 connections
installing 34 audio 45
low conditions 37 keyboard, external 43
maximizing life 33 keypad, external 43
optimizing 36 monitor 41
removing 35 mouse 43
using the first time 33 printer 44
battery release latch 8 s-video 42
BIOS Setup Utility 63– 71 tv 42
Advanced menu 65 USB 47
Boot menu 70 connectivity options 24
entering 63 Ethernet 24
Exit menu 71 modem 24
Main menu 64
navigating 63
D
date
Others menu 69
setting in BIOS Utility 64
Security menu 66
diskette drive 22
bottom view 8
display 11
brightness
hotkeys 17
hotkeys 17
performance 11
C simultaneous 11
caps lock 14 troubleshooting 75
on indicator 12 DVD
care troubleshooting 77
AC adapter ix
battery pack ix
E
emergency eject slot 6
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error messages 79 connecting 41


Ethernet connection 24 mouse
connecting externally 43
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions N
floppy drive 22 notice
troubleshooting 77 DVD copyright protection 95
frequently-asked questions 75 year 2000 compliance 95
front view 3 num lock 14
on indicator 12
G numeric keypad
guide vii embedded 15
H O
hard disk 22 optical drive 22
upgrading 50 options
help vii hard disk upgrade 50
hibernation memory upgrade 49
hotkeys 17 PC Cards 46
hotkeys 17 spare AC adapter 48
spare battery 48
K
keyboard 14 P
connecting externally 43 palm rest 18
embedded numeric keypad 15 parallel port
hotkeys 17 setting in BIOS Utility 66
lock keys 14 password 29
troubleshooting 76 changing 68
Windows keys 16 removing 68
keylock 5 setting 67
keypad PC Card
connecting externally 43 ejecting 47
inserting 46
L ports
launch keys 21
AC adapter 7
left view 5
external display 7
M microphone 5
modem jack 7
memory
network jack 7
compartment 8
installing 49– 50 parallel 7
upgrade slot 8 speaker/headphone 5
upgrading 49 USB 7
messages video-out 7
error 79 power management 38
microphone printer
troubleshooting 76 connecting 44
modem 24 troubleshooting 77
setting location 77 problems 75
audio 76
monitor
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CD 77 hotkeys 17
diskette 77 status indicators 12
display 75 status LCD 12
DVD 77 storage 22
floppy drive 77 floppy drive 22
keyboard 76 hard disk 22
printer 77 optical drive 22
startup 75 s-video
connecting 42
R
rear view 7 T
right view 6 time
setting in BIOS Utility 64
S touchpad 19
safety using 19– 20
CD or DVD 94 travel
FCC notice 91 international flights 58
general instructions 93 local trips 57
lithium battery 94
modem notices 92 U
scroll lock USB
on indicator 12 connecting 47
security disconnecting 47
keylock 5, 29 utility
password 29 BIOS Setup 63– 71
service
when to call ix V
simultaneous display 42 video performance 11
software volume
bundled 61 adjusting 26
speaker mute 17
hotkeys 17
speakers
W
Windows keys 16
troubleshooting 76
standby
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